Battles share new single ‘FF Bada’ – listen

The release is the second single from the New Yorker's album La Di Da Di, out September 18

Experimental New York rockers Battles have shared ‘FF Bada’, the second single from their third studio album ‘La Di Da Di’, which comes out next week (September 18).

The three-piece had previously performed a number of tracks from the album live, as well as putting four live recordings online as a single-day continuous loop, but ‘FF Baba’ is only the second studio recording from the third record to be unveiled. It follows on from earlier newbie ‘The Yabba’, which was launched about two weeks ago.

Battles have confirmed in interviews that the new release contains no vocals of any kind. Describing ‘La Di Da Di’ to Consequence Of Sound, Dave Konopka said:


“We started writing songs we felt were interesting in an instrumental format. It was a different story when we were writing ‘Gloss Drop’, and we had guest vocalists because, as you’re writing, you can easily layer and layer and layer. As you’re writing, you have to leave a little space for vocals.”


“I think that as we started churning out more material, we found that we were most interested in writing an instrumental album, not predictably repeating what we did on ‘Gloss Drop’ or ‘Mirrored’. It’s working with the elements that we have control over.”

It’s been over four years since previous record ‘Gloss Drop’ hit the shelves, with a vinyl remix version of the album and CD compilation following under the title ‘Dross Glop’ in 2012. Battles have been building up to the new release with a series of live shows, however, including summer festival dates in Spain and Italy, and will undertake an extended American tour in October as well as a five-date UK jaunt.

‘La Di Da Di’ is due out on Warp Records on September 18. Listen to ‘FF Bada’ here:

and ‘The Yabba’ here:


Battles UK tour dates for October are as follows:

Manchester Academy 2 (October 23)
Bristol Simple Things Festival (24)
Glasgow O2 ABC (25)
Cambridge Junction (26)
London Electric Ballroom (28)

While ‘La Di Da Di’s full tracklist has also been announced:

1. The Yabba
2. Dot Net
3. FF Bada
4. Summer Simmer
5. Cacio e Pepe
6. Non-Violence
7. Dot Com
8. Tyne Wear
9. Tricentennial
10. Megatouch
11. Flora > Fauna
12. Luu Le